Browse or search our African American History timeline. Events on the timeline include key moments in specific HistoryMaker's lives as well as important historical dates.

November 2, 2007
| Julia Bond Passed Away

Librarian Julia Bond passed away on this date at the age of 99.


November 2, 2007
| Reverend Maxine Walker Passed Away

Minister Reverend Maxine Walker passed away on this date at the age of 71.


November 2, 2004
| Barack Obama Elected Senator

Illinois State Senator Barack Obama is elected to the United States Senate, becoming only the fifth African American to serve in the U.S. Senate.


November 2, 1983
| Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday Made Holiday

President Ronald Reagan signs a bill designating January 15th an official federal holiday for slain Civil Rights leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


November 2, 1964
| Lynn Nottage is Born

Playwright Lynn Nottage was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 2, 1961
| Derek Dingle is Born

Magazine publishing chief executive Derek Dingle was born on this date in Brooklyn, New York.


November 2, 1954
| Michigan Elects Its First Black Congressman

Charles C. Diggs became Michigan's first Black Congressman on this date when he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. Diggs went on to help found the Congressional Black Caucus and acted as its first chairman.


November 2, 1946
| Ronald H. Brewington is Born

Broadcast executive Ronald H. Brewington was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 2, 1946
| Rudolph Brewington is Born

Rudolph Brewington was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 2, 1945
| Marianne Camille Spraggins is Born

Investment banker and law professor Marianne Camille Spraggins was born on this date in New York, New York.


November 2, 1928
| Dr. Price Cobbs is Born

Psychiatrist Dr. Price Cobbs was born on this date in Los Angeles, California.